Monday numbers

Monday numbers

5—number of days since Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham unveiled a new proposal to repeal and allegedly replace the Affordable Care Act that would dramatically cut federal funding for health care over the next ten years (Louisiana Advocate, September 15, 2017)

12—number of days until the September 30 deadline to pass ACA repeal and replace legislation on a simple-majority vote under the Senate procedure known as reconciliation (Ibid)

60—number of votes likely needed to pass health care legislation after September 30 (Ibid)

239 billion—amount in dollars that the Cassidy-Graham plan would cut projected federal spending for Medicaid expansion and marketplace subsidies under current law between 2020 and 2026 (“Cassidy-Graham Plan’s Damaging Cuts to Health Care Funding Would Grow Dramatically in 2027,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, September 16, 2017)

299 billion— amount in dollars that Cassidy-Graham plan would cut projected federal spending on health care coverage in the year 2027 alone (Ibid)

8.7 billion—amount in dollars that the Cassidy-Graham plan would cut projected federal spending on health care in North Carolina in 2027 (Ibid)

3—number of days since report was released showing that the Cassidy-Graham plan would allow states to waive ACA provisions and allow insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing conditions much higher premiums for health care coverage (“Cassidy-Graham’s Waiver Authority Would Gut Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, September 15, 2017)

3—number of days since report was released showing that the Cassidy-Graham plan would allow states to waive ACA provisions and allow insurance companies to offer coverage that does not coverage a basic set of services (Ibid)

75—percentage of individual market health plans before the Affordable Care Act that excluded maternity coverage (Ibid)

45—percentage of individual market health plans before the Affordable Care Act that excluded substance abuse treatment (Ibid)

38—percentage of individual market health plans before the Affordable Care Act that excluded substance abuse treatment (Ibid)

60—percentage of Americans who say it is a “good thing” that the Senate did not pass the bill earlier this summer that would have repealed and replaced the ACA (Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – August 2017: The Politics of ACA Repeal and Replace Efforts, Kaiser Family Foundation)

78—percentage of Americans who think President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make the current health care law work (Ibid)

80—percentage of Americans who disapprove of stopping outreach efforts for the ACA marketplaces so fewer people sign up for insurance (Ibid)

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